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A study by the City of Twin Falls and Idaho Transportation Department has determined that a traffic control signal is no longer needed at the intersection of U.S. 30/Second Avenue West and Fairfield Street North. Removing the signal will improve traffic flow and efficiency at the intersection.
The intersection no longer meets the minimum requirements for a signal due to a decrease in pedestrian and vehicle traffic during the past 10 years. In recent months, the traffic signal lights were covered, stop signs were placed on both Fairfield Street approaches and a 90-day review period was conducted. Collisions, traffic volume, and speed data were also compiled for the intersection.
During the study, the total time delay experienced by traffic on both Second Avenue West and Fairfield Street was significantly reduced without creating delays or hazards to pedestrians or bicyclists.
In light of the study, contractors will begin the removal starting Wednesday, Jan. 20. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, Jan. 22. The intersection will function as a two-way stop for motorists on Fairfield Street while traffic on Second Avenue West will continue to flow uninterrupted. The crosswalks and street lighting will not be affected by this change.